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New York City-based General Mischief Dance Theatre premieres Rascals Cavorting, an evening of new dance adventures in two acts, as part of its fifth performance season. This playful dance company combines aerial dance with contemporary movement, Body Music, and Lindy Hop, making their choreography both unique and accessible to audiences of all ages and all levels of dance knowledge. Their work includes both narrative stories and interactive dances. Audience members may be called upon to play Three-card Monte and "Follow the red hat," or do The Wave and throw balls at the performers on cue. Rascals Cavorting presents two one-act dance stories. The first act centers on the company's head Rascal, internationally renowned dancer and musician Dawn Hampton (recently featured in a PBS documentary). Ms. Hampton instigates all manner of games and mischief, bringing dancers together in a changing spatial universe where they interact side by side both on the ground and in the air. The second act is a modern love story, where trust is put to the test as dancers hurl themselves off ledges and into open space, depending on one another for safe landings. The tale is set to the music of L.A.-based Ozomatli, whose songs are a collision of myriad forms including East L.A. R&B, salsa, dancehall, Indian raga, and New Orleans brass. Other featured musicians include Paul Tillotson and his Love Trio and live performances by John Kruth of Tribecastan and banjo player Eli Spivak. Each evening concludes with a different guest performance. After the evening performances, the audience is invited to take the stage and use the energy inspired by the show to fuel their own movement expression and natural inclination to dance.

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